Kurdish leaders wish US forces ‘Happy Thanksgiving’By Rudaw [ltr]6 hours ago [/ltr]
US servicemen celebrating Thanksgiving. Photo from Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Several Kurdish leaders took to social media to thank Americans and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday for their support for the Kurdish region and Peshmerga forces.
“Thanked Peshmerga & US led coalition & their families for their sacrifices in keeping Kurdistan safe at Thanksgiving event hosted by AKFA,” Falah Mustafa, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Foreign Relations tweeted on Friday.
Thanksgiving is one of the main national holidays observed in the United States celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November during which when Americans spend time with their families and give thanks for the year’s bounties.
“Happy thanksgiving to our American allies,” KRG Spokesman Safeen Dizayee wrote on Twitter on Friday. “We are thankful for their continuous support to #Kurdistan.”
The New York Times wrote in September that there are about 5,000 American troops in Iraq in addition to many non-military personnel working for the US Consulate in Erbil, non-governmental organizations and for other businesses.
KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani wrote in a Thursday Twitter update: “Condolences to @CJTFOIR for the death of US soldier near #Raqqa. On thanksgiving day we're thankful for sacrifices of the US & Coalition.”
US military advisors have been training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS in the last two years as fighter jets provide air cover for Kurdish and Iraqi troops in Nineveh and elsewhere against the radical group.